The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers, today announced the launch of a 12-week mentorship program which will pair aspiring craft brewing professionals with a group of experienced industry leaders. Mentors will offer assistance and advocacy in key areas of interest, including: technical brewing, serving and tasting beer, guest experience, brewery safety, event planning, human resources, management, marketing, sales and distribution, and finance.
Participants will develop invaluable relationships within the craft brewing industry, gain access to the Brewers Association’s library of resources, and receive hands-on assistance with employment search and resume review. Participants who successfully complete the program will also be eligible for scholarship support for their next steps in industry education and professional development. Applications for mentors are currently being accepted and will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
“This mentorship program is an incredible resource for anyone looking to jumpstart their career in craft beer,” said Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham, equity and inclusion partner at the Brewers Association and director of the mentorship program. “Likewise, this is also an opportunity for craft beer professionals from across the spectrum to learn from one another and to hear directly from people whose experience of the industry may be very different from their own. I’m looking forward to helping foster some really productive learning experiences for mentors and program participants alike.”